William L. Gay is a first-year M.A. student in the Department of History. He earned a B.A. in History from Valdosta State University in Valdosta, Georgia. His research interests include war, society, and technology, with specific interests in medical technology in the early twentieth-century. He wishes to thank Professor Jeffrey A. Johnson along with fellow students Mary-Katherine Hedrick, Patrick Madden, Matthew R. Portwood, Mike Thompson, and John Wellendorf for their critical discussions on various topics relating to this article. Special thanks are due to Alexander Varias for facilitating the topic in his seminar on European intellectual history.